photo credit: Sam Horvath
Julia Izumi (she/her/hers) is a writer, performer, and educator who makes plays, musicals, theatrical experiments, and everything in between.
Her worked has been developed and presented at Manhattan Theater Club, the Bushwick Starr, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Black Swan Lab, WP Theater, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, San Francisco Playhouse, Avant Bard Theater, the NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, BMI’s Librettists Workshop, the Maria Irene Fornés Playwriting Workshop, Habitat Theatre Company, On the Verge Summer Repertory, A-Squared Theatre Workshop, CAATA National Asian-American ConFest, and the inaugural Corkscrew Theatre Festival.
She was selected for the Barn Arts Collective’s Hamilton Project Residency, Theater Masters’ Take Ten, KCACTF's Darrell Ayers Playwriting Award, HB Studio’s First Floor Studio Residency (with director Logan Reed), Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGroup (with writer Molly Beach Murphy), the NY Society Library's Emerging Women's Artist Grant and a Puffin Artists' Grant. Her plays have been an O'Neill Theater Center NPC Finalist and on the Kilroys List Honorable Mention.
She is a 2019-2020 Clubbed Thumb Early-Career Writers’ Group member and a 2020 New Georges Audrey Resident. She received her MFA in Writing for Performance from Brown University. Currently under commission from MTC/Sloan.
As a performer, she has performed at and with HERE, Dixon Place, Incubator Arts, Mabou Mines, Lust & Liberty, UglyRhino Productions, Communal Spaces with The Motor Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival among others. She is the 2011 recipient of the Goddard Rhetorical Prize for excellence in performance at Tufts University, where she earned her B.A. in Drama.
She has completed one half-marathon and has kept a fish alive for one month.